Originally Posted by AJJJ
When , at what age do you start a chicken on regular chicken food. Right now my 1 month old chicks are on chick starter food.
Molpet pretty much covered it but they also sell a combination starter/grower which is what mine were on. According the bag you are "supposed" to switch them at 8 weeks old, I switched mine just past 7 weeks because we ran out of food. But I also initially had mine on medicated feed, I think medicated you feed until 8 weeks and non medicated you can feed up until lay like molpet said. On the bag ot says 16 weeks but unless you have production hybrids it really should be later. I initially switched mine but then learned it was better to keep them on starter/grower until you see the first egg. That's what I did. Especially since mine are all dual purpose heritage breeds and don't start until later anyways usually, sometimes up to 24 weeks, so that's a long time of unnecessarily having them on layer but it's mostly opinion really. Some of mine started at 21 or 22 weeks and they all are now almost 24 weeks. These days we usually get between 4 and 6 eggs, the past 2 days we've gotten 5. I only have 8 birds so most of mine are laying now. I had them on starter/grower until the first egg and then once I ran out of that bag I put them back on layer. The starter/grower does not hurt them at all and as long as you provide oyster shell free choice it's fine to be on it for a while. I started giving the oyster shell maybe 16 or 18 weeks old. But conversely, do NOT give layer feed to chicks younger than at lwast 16 weeks, preferably 18. All the excess calcium is really harmful to them. But yeah. It's mostly all opinion really but I had mine on medicated chick starter/grower until 7 weeks, unmedicated until 15 weeks, layer until 17 weeks when I learned it wasn't great to do early (actually learned a week or so before that but ordered new food online, a different brand starter/grower), immediately switched over to it when it came and started providing oyster shell, then when that ran out, bought one more bag at Tractor Supply along with a bag of layer feed and switched to layer again when the starter/grower ran out. Sorry, that's probably confusing hahaEdited by KDOGG331 - 4/8/16 at 10:40am